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Skip-The-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Small-Group Tour

Vatican City, Italy
Skip-The-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Small-Group Tour

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Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel at your leisure and avoid the long lines with this skip-the-line admission ticket. Spend more time admiring the world-famous art as you are escorted inside through a dedicated no-wait Vatican Partner entrance. Once inside, independently explore galleries like Raphael’s Rooms and, of course, the Sistine Chapel with its iconic frescoes by Michelangelo.
  • Vatican Museums admission ticket with no-wait access via dedicated Vatican Partner entrance
  • Enjoy full-day access, map, and brief orientation to explore the Vatican Museums at your own leisure
  • Use your pass to see top Vatican attractions such as Raphael’s Rooms and the Sistine Chapel
  • Upgrade to include a small-group guided tour, and see the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

With this tour, enter the Vatican through a special fast-track gate and spend as long as you want inside.
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Small-group tour (if option selected)
Reserved Skip-the-Line Access to the Vatican Museums
Reserved Skip-the-Line Access to the Sistine Chapel
English-speaking, expert art historian guide
Audio headsets so you can always hear your guide
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks
Your Vatican experience starts in Vatican City, where you’ll meet your host and walk to a private, priority entrance. Your admission ticket provides you with the fastest skip-the-line entrance at the Vatican Museums. After a brief introduction, and your host will provide a map of the museums and leave you to explore the museum complex’s 9 miles (15 km) of rooms and galleries at your leisure. 

Design your own itinerary and enjoy highlights such as Raphael’s Rooms, a series of four connecting rooms adorned with Renaissance works by Raphael and his students, the Pinacoteca Gallery, and the Etruscan Museum.

Most explorations of the Vatican Museums end at the crown jewel, the Sistine Chapel, a particularly sacred site, as it’s where new popes are elected. Of course, you’re there to see Michelangelo’s legendary frescoes, The Creation of Adam on the ceiling and The Last Judgment on on the wall.

Optional tour:

If you’d prefer to explore the Vatican Museums with a knowledgeable guide instead of on your own, upgrade when booking to include a tour limited to 20 people. You’ll see the highlights of the complex, including the Sistine Chapel, as well as neighboring St Peter’s Basilica, one of the world’s largest churches and home to more Renaissance works. From your guide, hear about the history of the Vatican, from art to power to treachery.
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
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Stop At:  
Stanze di Raffaello
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Stop At:  
Vatican City
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • On Wednesday you will be unable to include St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square. This is due to the Papal Audience during which access to St. Peter's Basilica could be closed.
  • While this ticket is a Skip the Line entrance, there is a security check that every passenger must go through. We cannot control the delay this might cause to entering the museum.
  • We recommend that backpacks are not taken on this tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip-The-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Small-Group Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Skip-The-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Small-Group Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Skip-The-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Small-Group Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip-The-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Small-Group Tour.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Don't be late because you will lose your time slot like we did." See review
  • "The place is super busy but actually totally fine, just go along and enjoy the ride and absolutely do not forget your camera!" See review
  • "Go early, or do one of the wonderful evening visits (summer only and this was November" See review


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Absolutely Amazing
, Oct 2021
Emanuella was an AMAZING guide! Extremely knowledgeable, engaged, thorough yet not boring nor dragging us through loads and loads of unwanted information. She knows the Vatican Museum from head to toe. She also gave us an in-depth explanation of the Sistine Chapel since there is no talking / pictures allowed inside. Everything was beyond my expectations.
Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour
, Oct 2021
The vatican and the sistine chapel the beauty of the art work and seeimg what I've been told about in seminary and actually seeing it is priceless the history is mind blowing
Nice tour guid
, Sep 2021
I would recommend this tour. Guide was very knowledgeable and made funny anecdotes. Thank you Giuseppe, for an excellent tour.
Vatican tour
, Jul 2021
The meeting location was not clear. But after calling and being sent GPS location we found the right spot and met up with our tour guide who was AMAZING! Elizabetha was very knowledgeable and made the history really come alive! We thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience.
Excellent tour guide
, Jul 2021
Our tour guide, Gigi, was excellent, very passionated, helpful and informed! Our tour in Vatican would not be the same without him. Thank you, Gigi!
Awesome Tour Guide!
, Jul 2021
Our tour guide had the sweetest personality, awesome sense of humor, welcoming friendly smile. She was very knowledgeable and interact with everyone with in the group.
Series of unfortunate events
, Jun 2021
Tour guide did not show up on time. Extremely poor communication. Office staff tried to help , on site staff did not. Due to our tour guides tardiness we ended up there at the hottest time of day in 100 degree heat. Tour guide appeared rushed and disheveled even skipping some exhibits. We were forced to leave early due to a previously scheduled engagement which seemed to annoy the guide. I would not recommend this tour.
Would have been great
, Dec 2020
It was very difficult to find the meet location. We did get there right on the hour and noticed a group leaving, but went to the rep there who checked list and by the time found us, told us we were too late. We missed out completely and still paid.
4 travelers found this review helpful
Great Service
, Feb 2020
I was very please with the service, meeting the gentleman was a pleasant experience and he was very helpful in knowing what to expect through security and getting the tickets.
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Feb 2020
Our session was started by meeting the guide who would take us in and give us a fast past tickets. That was it. We were given our tickets and told to go. It was very confusing, we weren’t given a map (like other people with tickets), therefore we couldn’t find our way around well. We also were confused about how we would access the chapel and St. Peter’s dome. Which resulted in us missing the chapel. Overall it was disappointing, if we were given a map like other groups it would have made things a lot easier.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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